Woman who jumped into mutt well was depressed

The woman who was found dead in an open well on the Uttaradi Mutt premises, off National College in Basavanagudi, on Monday has been identified as Seethalakshmi, 55, from Mandya.

Police said she committed suicide as she was extremely depressed after losing her parents and elder sister, to whom she was very close. She separated from her husband about 10 years ago, just months after the marriage. She was living with her brother, Vishwanath, in Mandya.

She somehow arrived in Bengaluru. Around 3.30 pm on Monday, she called a relative from a coin phone booth, telling him that she was going to end her life, that her brother be informed and that they don’t search for her. She then hung up.

The relative immediately called back but it was the shopkeeper on the receiver. He said the phone booth was located near Uttaradi Mutt in Shankarapuram.

The relative then informed Vishwanath who rushed to the mutt and enquired with people in the temple.

By then, the police had fished the body out. Vishwanath went to the Shankarapuram police station and identified the body as his sister’s. He said she had left the house on Monday morning without informing anyone.

CCTV footage
The CCTV footage obtained by the police clearly shows the woman wearing a night gown and roaming around the premises.

As it was Vaikunta Ekadashi, hundreds of people were visiting the temple and no one noticed her. But if it was any other day, her attire would have drawn attention.

The CCTV footage also shows her walking up to the well and jumping into it without hesitation. Police suspect she chose to commit suicide on the particular day believing she would achieve salvation.

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